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Feb 05, 2023

“God Remembers His Covenant Promise”

Passage: Genesis 8:1-19

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: Communion Meditation

Category: Genesis


Main Text - Genesis 8:1-19, OT Reading - Genesis 8:1-19, NT Reading - Luke 1:67-79, Matthew 3:13-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP (with Communion) for Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – NTH 660 – O God, Beyond All Praising


Gospel Greeting – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Gal. 1:3-5

Call to Worship Hymn – Stand Up and Bless the Lord

Call to Worship – Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 76 – Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Reading of Law – A Summary of the Ten Commandments & Great Commandment

Confession of Sin – Most holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess before you our sinful nature – prone to evil and slothful in good – and all our shortcomings and offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. O Lord, have mercy on us, who are ashamed and sorry for all the ways we have displeased you. Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and forgive our sins for the sake of your dear Son. And O most holy and loving Father, send your purifying grace into our hearts, we beseech you, that we may henceforth live in your light and walk in your ways, according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon – For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly… But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6, 8

Exhortation to Give – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. – 2 Cor. 8:9

Offering and Diaconal Collection with Prayer ( NTH 648 – My Jesus, I Love Thee)

Doxology – NTH 733

Pastoral Prayer

Medley – Before the Throne of God Above & Thank You for Your Mercies

Scripture Readings – OT: Genesis 8:1-19 / NT: Luke 1:67-79

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon – Christ in the Old Testament: “God Remembers His Covenant Promise”

God remembers His covenant promise to Noah – and to us in Christ. And so:

  1. 1. God acts to bring the ark to rest on dry ground – and remembers His covenant promise to save us in Christ. (Genesis 8:1-5; Luke 1:67-79)
  2. 2. God confirms His judgment has passed by the dove and the olive leaf – and gives us peace with Him in Christ. (Genesis 8:6-12; Matthew 3:13-17)
  3. 3. He begins a new creation after the flood – and makes us a new creation in Christ. (Genesis 8:13-19; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Prayer of Application

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

(Bread: NTH 427 – Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands / Cup: NTH 429 – Let Thy Blood in Mercy Poured)

  • Invitation, Warning, and Prayer of Consecration
  • Confession of Faith: The Nicene Creed
  • Serving the Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Hymn – NTH 32 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Benediction – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 02/05/2023

  1. 1. On Tuesday morning at 8:00 – 8:45AM, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church (all are welcome to join in).
  2. 2. Per our OPC requirements, the Session is notifying the congregation that we have examined Anna Batten for membership. She will be taking the membership vows at our Lord's Day service on February 12, 2023. We are delighted to officially receive her into the flock of Living Hope OPC!
  3. 3. On Sunday, February 12th, we are having a soup and salad fellowship meal after church, followed by a hymn sing for those who would like to participate. There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway; please sign up for one or two things to bring.
  1. 4. Ladies’ Bible Study opportunity! All women are invited to come for a time in the Word and prayer on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon time, on the following dates: 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20. Meetings are held at Living Hope in the large Sunday School room. Bring your Bible, pen, and a notebook. Any questions, please see Andie Batten or call 610-437-9959.
  1. 5. Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, February 18, 2023 – 8:30AM – Come join us for a wonderful time of food, fellowship and the study on the book of Daniel.
  1. 6. Small Groups – Dean Batten is leading a group on The Upper Room by Sinclair Ferguson. Dominic Silla is leading a young married couples’ group on Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. Please see either leader if you are interested in joining a small group.
  1. 7. The Presbytery of Philadelphia (OPC) is delighted to host Winterlight 2023 again this year on February 24-25, 2023 at Covenant OPC in Sinking Spring, PA.This should be a wonderful opportunity for your youth to be encouraged by teaching from God's Word amidst good fellowship with other Christian youth and mentorship from older counselors. This retreat will be a wonderful time of fellowship with other youth, along with excellent teaching on “Walking in the Light” with Mr. Jeremy Menicucci. Youth can register online at opc.org/winterlight. Registration will be $30. Check out the promotional poster on the bulletin board in the hallway.
  1. 8. Meal Ministry - Anyone who is willing to provide a meal for a family or individual in need should sign up. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the bulletin board in the hall. Please contact Carol Nolan for further information.
  1. 9. Flowers – please sign up to provide flowers for Sunday Worship. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway.